December 31, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, bike culture, touring, travel)
Climate Change? and the bicycle? This fellow combined an interest in both to produce this four video series. He biked from California to Florida, interviewing people about environmental efforts along the way and then produced this four video series. Cyclicious introduces it, but you might go directly to The Project Southern Tier website to view the videos.
Cyclelicious » Project Southern Tier.
December 21, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Cycling Rights, safety)
Linda and I were driving up 13th after 10pm Saturday night. It is a wide avenue with a parking lane on each side. In addition there are street lights on each corner. But the blocks are long and darkneess fills the middle. What I saw was the reflective pedals on a cruiser bike riding in the gutter.
An older man rode the bike wearing dark clothes and no helmet. He was in the gutter/parking lane rather than on the sidewalk but he was traveling at sidewalk speed.
Probably the sidewalk would have been a safer place to ride but then he didn’t have a headlight either so sidewalks which tend to have mailboxes and driveway cuts at irregular intervals would have been unmanageable.
If he came upon a parked car, I’m sure he’d have looked carefully behind him before riding around it. But if your bike is your transportation, why wouldn’t you light it up?
The law doesn’t require you to have a helmet, but it does require a bright white front light and a red reflector in the rear. He had neither.–Corrie
The days are short and the nights are long. (Global darkening?) As I was bicycling in to work this morning – in almost-dark – I caught an occasional glimpse up ahead of a red light. I assumed it was a taillight on another bicycle. And I was right.
via The Bike Nazi: Not-so-safe safety equipment.
December 20, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Cycling Rights)
Here’s a nice readable summary of each state law regarding bicycles. It is not the actual law, however, so you might want to visit each state’s own website to read the original code. For most purposes this should be more than adequaste. Easy to use and read. –Corrie
Riding a bike is a healthy, fun and safe activity. However, it isn’t without some risk. The following information highlights areas of law that may minimize that risk and have the potential to reduce conflicts between bikes and cars (and other traffic).
via League of American Bicyclists * Legal Program/Bike Laws.
December 14, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy)
The National Bike Summit is coming up. 2012 gave us MAPI-21, reduced funding for trails and facilities. What will 2013 bring for cycling?–Corrie
. . .the keynote speaker for the 2013 National Bike Summit in Washington DC will be Yolanda Cade, national public relations and strategic communications director for the AAA.
via Surprising keynote speaker for 2013 National Bike Summit » Biking Bis.
December 13, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, safety)
Uh, should I stop cycling? Not because of this report. Unless you also plan to give up driving your car. Still, there’s no reason not to learn the skills and knowledge that will make you safer on the road. –Corrie
A report issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration finds that 677 bicyclists died in traffic in 2011. That’s a 8.7% increase over 2010, when 623 bicyclists died.
via Bicycle fatalities increase in 2011 » Biking Bis.
December 11, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, bike culture)
Auerbach’s films are available on Amazon and Ebay as well as from the bicyclemovies.com website. –Corrie
Here’s a gift idea: “Bicycle Dreams” producer Stephen Auerbach has compiled a collection of 22 independent films starring bikes.
via Cyclelicious » A collection of bicycle movies.
December 8, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, bike culture)
Never heard of Pedal America, the TV show? Me neither! But it looks really interesting especially if you’ve an interest in bicycle touring.
So why is the next episode available on KWSU at 2am Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012?
If you think that it is cool, you might want to come back to KickStarter and kick in some bucks towards a second season? A second season? Who knew about the first?–corrie
Pedal America is the only national television show in the United States that educates and inspires viewers to re-discover the travel, environmental, and health benefits of recreational bicycling. Whether you’re physically abled or challenged, young, single, a couple, or senior citizen, the series showcases cycling as an all-inclusive activity that can build a sense of community. Even noncyclists will discover great travel ideas.
via Pedal America by Ira David Levy — Kickstarter.
December 5, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Cycling Rights, safety)
A bicycle is a vehicle in all 50 states. That means the cyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist including the right to make that left turn or avoid road hazards. Be sure to click through to see the wonderful Bikeyface drawings which illustrate this point. Better yet, print it out and post on the bulletin board at work.–“corrie
Whenever a person first discovers I bike, they reply with a story. And it’s always the same story.
“I was driving down [insert any road name] when all of the sudden I saw a cyclist in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!” Inevitably it always ends with them saying they “just tapped on their horn” or “squeezed by” or “yelled out to the cyclist.”
via Bikeyface » Middle of the Road.
December 1, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Commuting)
I think it is pretty unsafe to pass any line of cars parked at a light, not just big trucks. If you want to be treated as a vehicle, you should act like one. Yes, I know, we get to ride on shoulders and even side-walks, and cities with Bike-boxes actually encouraged cyclists to ride along the ride and move in front of cars stopped at a light. Just doesn’t feel right to me.–Corrie
Trucks have huge blind spots where the driver cannot see the lanes next to and just behind them. Additionally, when they make a right turn, they typically slow down and swing wide left first, which tempts many cyclists to ride up next to them, right into the path of the rear wheels of the trailer.
via What Cyclists Need to Know About Trucks.
November 26, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, safety)
Motorists don’t always get it. Neither do cyclists. In a misguided effort at courtesy we sometimes put ourselves at risk by refusing to take the lane when appropriate. Sometimes that means riding too close to parked cars, riding to close to the shoulder encouraging passing by motorists when there’s really not enough room. This Facebook image does a good job of explaining to both cyclists and motorists what is going on.
And it is a slideshow with some interesting additional images of bikes and biyclists.–Corrie